Originally Posted by Bokaj
I think it would be even harder against Wlad, because he's so extremely precise in doing what he does best (and Ali certainly won't pressure him to "panic"
Lewis was better at keeping a cool head in adversity and adapting, but was also more prone to lose concentration, I'd say. I think that Wlad's more robotic approach would serve him well here.
Ali was great at dropping his right over a jab, though, and if he could do it enought against Wlad to disrupt his rhytm things would get interesting indeed. The jab is the key in both match-ups IMO.
Biggest reason I think Wlad would be an issue is he'd outjab Ali, and when the great one tried to work his game in the clinch, he'd be completely overpowered.
I think he'd be able to get that right hand over the top, because Wlad sometimes extends it as a range finder. These are the times for Ali to score. Pot-shotting outside, he loses a decision, as he'd be totally corralled when they came together. He'd have to box an aggressive counter-punchers fight, on the move and taking every opening with gusto.
I think he'd do it; He did it before. But its a hard fight for him.